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Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Connecticut. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and can be directed to Dave Collins at 860-246-6876 or dcollins@ap.org.

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TODAY'S TOP STORIES:

LGBT FOSTER FAMILIES

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families is launching a new effort to work with LGBT organizations and businesses to help encourage more LGBT foster and adoptive families. State officials say they want to show these families they are valued and welcomed by the state's child welfare agency. By Susan Haigh. UPCOMING: 400 words by 2 p.m.

OFFICER STABBED

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Hartford police officer responding to a downtown disturbance was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and critically injured Thursday morning by a woman who was being evicted from an apartment building, authorities said. SENT: 240 words.

HOMELESS-BURGER KING LAWSUIT

Emory Ellis, a black homeless man in Boston, was hungry so he went to Burger King one morning in 2015. But instead of breakfast, Ellis got a ride to the police station and three months in jail after he was wrongfully accused of using counterfeit cash. Now Ellis is suing the fast food giant and franchisee for nearly $1 million, saying he was discriminated against because of his appearance. The lawsuit comes on the heels of recent incidents at Yale and other places of police being called on black people that have sparked uproar and claims of racial profiling. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 485 words, photos.

REBUILDING FISHERIES

The U.S. government says the number of American fish stocks that can be described as "overfished" has hit an all-time low. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 6 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— STORMY WEATHER -CONNECTICUT: The National Weather Service has confirmed that two additional tornadoes struck in western Connecticut during this week's severe storms, bringing the total to four.

— FALSE RAPE-FOOTBALL PLAYERS: A New York woman charged with lying about being raped by two Sacred Heart University football players now says she never told investigators she was sexually assaulted. Nikki Yovino was in a Connecticut court Wednesday for a hearing on the defense's motion to keep her alleged confession that she made up the rape allegation out of trial. SENT: 130 words.

— FENTANYL OVERDOSE-SENTENCING: A Stamford man has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for giving fentanyl-laced heroin to a man who later died of overdose. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

ORIOLES-RED SOX

The Baltimore Orioles visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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